Per Cut, Monthly, Yearly...What's your take on it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MDLawn, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    At the end of the day the only person you are shortchanging is yourself. Rationalizing lower rates because you have lower than average personal expenses is just crazy. What happens when you have a family? Sit down and figure out what you are turning for a profit AFTER you pay yourself a fair wage, for all intents and purposes you are an employee of your business. I wish you luck dumpster diving with customers, myself I want to weed out the low payers for more lucrative opportunities.
     
  2. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    The cause of the downfall

    That's great and you know what, if this industry paid what it should most companies probably wouldn't mind cutting breaks to these people, or even servicing for free. But everyone wants to be treated like they're elderly or disabled!!

    Fair for who? Why are people afraid and ashamed to make money??? Never have I ever understood "fair and reasonable" rates. You know how many products and services you probably pay for that you would consider unfair or unreasonable but still pay for anyways..... Also why should a customer always dictate what is fair? They don't even know what it cost you to run your business. They have zero clue what good equipment costs, employees, taxes, etc....


    You're destroying someone's ability to create jobs and help others live a life who cannot get a decent job or even start a business. You choose to live with mommy and daddy and undercut a legit business who employess people and keeps them off assistance and gives them something to wake up for everyday. I understand your costs are lower but it's not like your a big business choosing to buy gently used equipment or more efficent stuff to reduce costs compared to the next guy. Sorry but that's shameful.
     
  3. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    I do agree with you about this, but only in the mowing aspect. It does make sense especially in our area. And there haven't been massive droughts either and our area is probably not as prone to it.
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    I always get a kick out of those who say I lowball because my cost of living is lower. Does that mean if you worked for someone else and the starting pay was $20 per hour you would offer to work for $10 per hour because your cost of living is lower?
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  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    MD Lawn I'm sure glad SOMEBODY gets it, I don't mind giving an elderly person a break, but like MD says EVERYBODY isn't elderly. After a lot of thinking and reading this thread I'm going to offer a mixed batch of year round and per service this season, it seems to make sense, but no more bi weekly, at least no more than I already have. GMLC, I guess I should be cutting for $10/yard I'm single and have no kids either, NOT! That's just plain STUPID!
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012
  6. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Baton Rouge, La
    Posts: 1,233

    I like this thread.
     
  7. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Well! let's see, I pay the same every month for my cell bill weather I use all the mins or not, I pay taxes for the school system that I don't use, I pay the same every month for internet again weather I use it or not, same for cable.
     
  8. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    Why?

    It's so dissappointing because it shows why this industry is going into a further downward spiral.

    A few of us will try to save it but it will be an uphill climb for sure.
     
  9. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,284

    But according to some it's not a "service". :dizzy::dizzy::hammerhead: It's a luxury one for sure which can cause problems with that but too many are stuck on just mowing vs offering total maintenance they just can't see it.

    I get it.
     
  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    OH! and NO MOW N GO! from me, it's full service or nothing!
     

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